Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu is a South African actress. She is best known for her role as Kitso Medupe in Soap opera Scandal! aired by She also portrayed  the character of Boni Khumalo in Saints and Sinners and the character of Winnie Bhengu in the telenovela Is’Thunzi. In 2017 Thuso Mbedu achieved international recognition when being nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the telenovela Is’Thunzi.

BornThuso Nokwanda Mbedu
8 July 1991
South Africa
EducationWits University
Since2014 – to date

Thuso Mbedu was Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu born  in Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. She is the youngest of two siblings; Thuso Mbedu has an older sister.

She lost her mother at the age of 4. When she was 21 years old Thuso Mbedu lost her biological father with whom she was not close. In 2012 she lost her grandmother who had been her primary caregiver all her life.

“It was tough towards the end of high school because when you’re a child, you are oblivious to the hardships of life. I had my best friend Nothando Ngidi in high school, who was a preacher’s kid.

“People didn’t really understand our friendship. But I remember there were times when she would bring me food because it was that tough,” Thuso Mbedu once described her upbringing in an interview with DJ Sbu.

Thuso Mbedu grew up in her grandmother’s care and explained that when her grandmother died in 2012, it meant she no longer had a home to go to. “I don’t have a home to go back to. All the money I made from Saints (& Sinners), I paid three rents in advance and I had to relocate my sister and her child from KZN to Joburg,” she told DJ Sbu in an interview.

Thuso Mbedu attended primary and high school in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. Upon finishing high school she moved to Johannesburg in the Gauteng province where she studied performing arts at Wits University graduating with Honours and majoring in Physical Theatre and Performing Arts Management.

In 2012 she spent two months at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. In August 2014 Thuso Mbedu made her screen acting debut in a recurring role as Boni Khumalo in the Mzansi Magic drama series Saints and Sinners, later that year.